DAILYKENN.com -- Yes, I'm prejudiced. I prejudge blacks to have a higher frequency of high blood pressure relative to whites on average.
My prejudice is science based and anyone who isn't racially prejudiced, particularly health care professionals, are skirting the bounds of both reality and sanity.
To ignore racial differences is to embrace self-imposed psychosis: Seeing and hearing that which does not exist.
Races differ in skin color (it's more than skin deep), facial feature (plain as the nose on your face), and other biological markers. Considering our brains are no less biological organ than our skin and noses, there should be no surprise that the wide spectrum of brain functionality differs between races and the differences are genetic.
From sciencedaily.com ▼
Date:July 11, 2018Source:American Heart Association
Approximately 75 percent of black men and women develop high blood pressure by age 55 compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age. Both black and white study participants who ate a DASH-style diet had a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.
Approximately 75 percent of black and men women are likely to develop high blood pressure by the age of 55, compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women in the same age range, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The researchers identified 3,890 participants from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study who enrolled in the study between the ages 18 to 30 years without high blood pressure, defined as systolic/diastolic blood pressure of 130/80 mmHg or higher and who were not taking medication to control blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. The researchers found that by age 55 years:
75.5 percent of black men,75.7 percent of black women,54.5 percent of white men, and40.0 percent of white women developed high blood pressure.
The researchers found that higher body weight was associated with an increased risk for high blood pressure, regardless of race or gender, and those who adhered to the DASH-style diet, both blacks and whites, were at lower risk for hypertension. DASH style (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets are rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low or fat-free dairy, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts and limited in red meat and salt.
"Regardless of blood pressure levels in young adulthood, blacks have a substantially higher risk for developing high blood pressure compared with whites through 55 years of age," said S. Justin Thomas, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It is urgent that healthcare providers counsel young patients, particularly blacks, about eating a healthy diet, being physically active and controlling body weight. The risk of high blood pressure can be significantly reduced with a healthy lifestyle."
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